About Us

  • Helen West
  • Gemma Cooke
  • Beccy Barrett
  • Matt Lynch

Helen West

Arena MANAGER

The team at Bicton Arena is led by professional event rider Helen West who heads up an extremely enthusiastic and capable line up of co-workers and volunteers.

Helen joined the Estate in June 2013 to manage “all things equestrian”. She is responsible for managing a wide range of competitions from grass root level to International status, as well as the day to day running of clinics, camps and hire of the facilities. She is the key interface with all users of the Arena which is sited within the Grade One Listed Parkland.

Helen herself evented to CCI**** level and is a former Young Rider Gold Medallist. Since her appointment here she has risen up the ranks as a British Eventing and FEI Course Designer and now designs all the cross country tracks at Bicton. The Horse Trials has developed from one BE fixture per year to three, with April and August gaining International status and hosting CIC’s.

Helen’s ambition for the Horse Trials extends to re-establishing an Advanced track for the Westcountry and aiming for a CIC***. She is passionate and ambitious for the BS Showjumping Shows here also, which is clearly demonstrated by the rise in Horse of The Year Show Qualifiers the Arena is now hosting, and her commitment to making it one of the most prestigious venues in the country a top priority.

Gemma Cooke

Arena Assistant

Gemma joined Clinton Devon Estates in October 2011 as the Arena Assistant for Bicton Arena, helping to manage an ambitious calendar of equestrian events including Affiliated and Unaffiliated in-house competitions, one day events and camps.

Dressage is Gemma’s passion and, in her spare time, she enjoys competing as well as spending time with her young daughter who is already showing signs of following her Mum’s keen interest in horses.

Beccy Barrett

Events & Sponsorship Coordinator

Beccy joined Clinton Devon Estates in January 2014 as an Events & Sponsorship Coordinator for Bicton Arena to help manage the ever-increasing calendar of events and seek sponsorship for the managed events.

Her main duties include supporting Helen run the BS Shows, recruiting new sponsors, maintaining relations with existing sponsors, and dealing with all social media platforms. Beccy herself previously showjumped to a good level before becoming head girl at Helen’s eventing yard in 2009.

Having groomed at events all over the country, and abroad, Beccy has an excellent knowledge of what competitors, owners and grooms require at all events. She prides herself on providing a high level of customer care and maintaining an efficient, yet friendly service to all users of the Arena.

Matt Lynch

Site Manager

Matt is currently in his 19th year of managing the arenas and parkland at Bicton.
 
What started off as a voluntary activity alongside his show jumping has progressed into a full time occupation, running alongside other interests such as European horse transport for some top names in British dressage.
 
Cross country course building is another interest, with Badminton and the Olympics in Rio de Janerio being some of the key builds he has worked on outside the horse trials at Bicton.

competitions

  • SHOW JUMPING
  • EVENTING
  • DRESSAGE

Bicton Arena run both Affiliated showjumping (BS) and Unaffiliated showjumping throughout the year. We host numerous multi-day BS Shows through the Summer months, our busiest one being the May Spectacular where we run HOYS Qualifiers and stable in excess of 800 horses on site. These shows make use of all our arenas, both all-weather and grass, with the showcase classes being held in the iconic TopSpec Main Arena.

Whilst the multi-day shows only run through the Summer months, we also run single days of BS in October, February and March on the all-weather arenas.

Unaffiliated showjumping runs all year round, normally making use of the all-weather arenas.

For details of any of our showjumping shows, please go to the Events Calendar and click on the show you are interested in for further information.

  • CROSS COUNTRY

    The courses run through Grade One Listed Parkland over undulating, well draining permanent pasture. Fences are up to height, solidly built and are considered to be fair but challenging, rewarding forward and accurate riding. Great attention is paid to footing, as well as presentation and dressing of all courses.

  • The CIC**

    The CIC** has a wide variety of questions which are fair and obvious to younger horses as well as the more experienced. It is significantly different to the Intermediate track and provides a great set-up for a CCI**. There are options at all questions to ensure completion. The CIC** will Show Jump in the Main Arena.

  • The Novice & Intermediate

    The Novice & Intermediate tracks will be ideally suited to this stage in the season, asking fair questions but offering alternatives at the more difficult fences.

  • The 90 & 100

    The 90 & 100 tracks will be encouraging for those stepping up to these levels early in the season, whilst also offering enough to jump for more established combinations.

We run British Dressage competitions once a month with levels varying from Prelim – Inter II Bicton Arena will be hosting the Petplan Area Festival Semi Finals for the next three years (2017-19) Please see Event listings for full schedules. Unaffiliated Dressage is held once a month throughout the year, we also add evening weekday dressage in the summer months and additional horse trials tests in the early spring.

Dressage takes place on purpose levelled arenas away from all the Show Jumping and Cross Country action. CIC** dressage will take place in the iconic Main Arena which provides a unique opportunity for horses to gain valuable experience in an atmospheric setting.

Please see Event listings for full schedules.

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